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Posted on: December 17, 2019

Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Announces Changes to Requirements for Garage Site Plans

The Oconee County Department of Planning and Code Enforcement will no longer require site plans created by a design professional for construction of attached or detached garages. In order to meet the requirements of the Unified Development Code (UDC), a site plan for a stand-alone project may be hand-drawn to scale to indicate the size and location of the proposed accessory garage and show that the building meets required setbacks.

For garages associated with a new residential structure for which a design professional site plan is required, the garage will need to be included in the site plan.

“In order to ease the permitting burden for existing residential property owners, we have removed the requirement of professionally designed site plans for attached and detached garages,” said Oconee County Planning and Code Enforcement Director Guy Herring. “We hope this change will benefit our constituents as they prepare to meet the needs of their family.”

See below for specific UDC sections referencing attached and detached garages or view sections 347.02, 347.03, and 348 of UDC Article 3 online:

Sec. 347.02. Size limitations.

a. Any accessory building to a residence in a residential zoning district that exceeds 1,000 square feet of gross floor area must have Special Exception Variance approval by the Board of Commissioners as to the location, architectural design, and size prior to commencing construction. Residential properties larger than three acres shall be exempt from this requirement.

b. An accessory use shall not occupy more than 30% of a side or rear yard.

Sec. 347.03. Setback and height restrictions for accessory uses and structures.

Except as specifically regulated under this Section, see the setback and height restrictions for accessory buildings and structures in the Lot and Building Standards Article of this Code.

Sec. 348. Customary accessory uses to a dwelling.

Each of the following is considered to be a customary accessory use to a dwelling and may be situated on the same lot with the principal use that it serves, subject to more restrictive standards that may apply under this Section.

a. Private garage or carport.

A private freestanding (detached) garage or carport is allowed, and must be at least 200 feet from the nearest street right-of-way or it must be in the rear or side yard.

For more information about the Oconee County Department of Planning and Code Enforcement, visit

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